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Gordon Halwas

Male - 2007


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  • Name Gordon Halwas 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Sep 2007  Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5061  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2018 

    Family Heather Anne Marlene Stewart 
    Married 19 Dec 1970  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F1677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Dec 1970 - Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Sep 2007 - Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    • Fatality accentuates need for constant focus on farm safety
      BY LEAH KELLAR __ CENTRAL PLAINS HERALD-LEADER
      Gordon Halwas will be remembered by his family for his positive outlook on life, dedication to his family and love of farming. He was a successful businessman and was devoted to his grain farming operation. Halwas died on Sept. 5 at age 57 in an unfortunate farm equipment accident. Friends also remember "Gord" for his dedication to the community. He grew up in High Bluff after his family moved there from Russell in 1964 and became a well known local hockey player. "We had great times playing junior hockey together and baseball. He enjoyed many different sports and was always very competitive," recalls his brother-in-law, Cora Stewart, who went to public school with Halwas. "I knew him since he was 13. He always gave everything his best and was very dedicated to his family and his farm operation." Halwas' farm operation was mainly of grains and oilseeds, but in later years he also grew edible beans. His good friend, Gordon Tidsbury, talked to him on the phone sometimes two or three times daily while out in the fields. "I was a small grain farmer and Gord was a big grain farmer. We had lots in common. We talked alot about farming, the markets and some of the movies he'dseen recently,"said Tidsbury with a chuckle." We spent many good times together and our families often had suppers together." Tidsbury said what he will remember most about Halwas was he always took the time to talk with everyone. "No matter what he was doing, he would always stop and make time for people," he said. He also noted Halwas was an extremely careful man and kept his farming equipment maintained and cleaned. "We'll never know for sure how the accident happened. We suspect it was a mechanical failure on a winch on the auger," said Tidsbury while looking at the auger from the Halwas farm during an interview with the Herald-Leader on Sept. 17. Tidsbury has visited the family every day since the accident. Halwas was survived by his wife, Heather, daughters Andrea and Kimberley and stepson Kirk. It is suspected Gord died on the farm of injuries sustained after the auger toppled over, partially crushing him. "It was such a total surprise with such a healthy person to be gone just like that. It's a huge shock and it's just going to take a long time to get over it,"said Stewart. Glen Blahey, provincial farm safety coordinator for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, said the number of fatal incidents involving farm equipment is rare with four to five each year in the province. "Of course, from the family's perspective and our perspective one is too many," he said. Blahey noted when servicing or repairing any farm equipment there are a couple of critical steps to take to ensure one's safety. The first is to make sure the equipment is powered-down and shut off so no component can become engaged. The second step is to stabilize the equipment so it will not move. "If it's raised or lowered either mechanically or hydraulically or using some other system, it's important that the system be supported on each end with blocks or timber or other supports so that if you remove any raising components, the equipment will remain stable,"said Blahey. For more information on farm safety, contact www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/farm-safety.